Double Cookin´-Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals: Various
(2010/ACE) 24 tracks (64:12) 1966-77 with 16 page booklet.
Cookin´: Hard Bop and Soul Jazz 1954-65: Kenny Mathieson
(2015/WaxTime) 14 tracks - 180gram Vinyl - the 1962 classic plus 4 bonus tracks. - This release includes the group´s splendid second album, Cookin´ with The Miracles (1962), originally issued on Tamla Records* in 1962, and long unavailable on vinyl. In addition to the original masterpiece, this WaxTime collector´s edition contains 4 bonus tracks from the same period, among them their 1958 debut single, ´Got a Job´, an answer to The Silhouettes´ ´Get a Job´. It was released on Robinson´s 18th birthday. Another hard-to-find single presented here is an outer space novelty, titled ´It´, by a duet called Ron and Bill which was leased to the Argo label, a Chess Records subsidiary. Ron and Bill were Ronnie White and Bill ´Smokey´ Robinson. These fabulous recordings mark the foundation upon which Detroit soul was built. The Miracles played a key role in helping transform the Motor City and the record company named after it, into an international center of popular music. - * Tamla Records was started on January 12, 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr. using $800 borrowed from his family´s loan fund. Later in the year, he started his second label, Motown, which became Tamla´s parent label and the cornerstone of Gordy´s musical empire.